James Robert "Radio" Kennedy

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There are many miraculous people on this planet. Some of these people have had miraculous experiences, others have accomplished miraculous success, and some people remind us of how miraculous our lives really are. Every now and then someone comes along who shows us that miracles really are possible. That was what a mentally handicapped African American boy from Anderson, South Carolina was put on this Earth to do. The word “miraculous” pretty much describes James Robert “Radio” Kennedy’s whole life. In 1947, he was born into a small family in South Carolina, and he suffered from a severe hereditary mental handicap. Both James Robert Kennedy’s deceased father, and younger brother, George Allan “Cool Rock” Kennedy, suffered from the same condition. Radio could not read, write, or speak, making it impossible to play and learn like other kids. When James was young, he would push a shopping cart around Anderson, North Carolina, and listen to a small radio. The town accepted James, but did not spend much time trying to get to know him. Although James had a fairly quiet life, he was in for quite a roller coaster ride. That ride started when he met one man in the fall of 1964. Coach Harold Jones was an assistant varsity football coach at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, North Carolina. One day he saw a young man mimicking the signals he was giving the boys on the field, and invited the boy over, offering him soda and candy. This boy was James, and at the time he could not read, write, or talk. It became obvious to Coach Jones that James was mentally handicapped, and he invited him to more of the football practices. When the football team saw how obsessed James was with his small radio, they gave him the nickname that he would end up... ... middle of paper ... ... alive today. Every living person has the ability to love. It is the gift we are given to make this world a better place. Sadly, many people do not use this love to its full potential, and that leads to people in less fortunate situations suffering. That is not the type of person Radio is though. Love has always been the most important part of Radio’s roller coaster life, and even though he will never reach the mental ability an average person has, his ability to love will always remain much higher. Works Cited http://www.radioandcoachjones.com/OurStory.html http://www.anderson5.net//site/default.aspx?PageID=2573 http://espn.go.com/page2/s/merron/031105.html http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/radio.php http://si.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1009232/index.htm http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316465/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS4-kUlQOqI

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